SCREENING (London Premiere + director and Gaz Stanley Q&A): 28 October 2022 at 18:30

London - The Garden Cinema



Dir. Nathan Cunningham, 2022, UK, 87 min

Litter-picker Gaz Stanley starts a busking band with a gaggle of local misfits: homeless musician Buddy Awful, old Tommy “Trouble” Piggot, drummer Martin “Busterabcat” Cheang, and “Street Dancer” Ray Boddington. Heedless of their own trials and tribulations, they bring joy to the people of Manchester with their scratchy rock’n’roll street performances. But they dream of more than singing and dancing in the rain; when Gaz sets out to take his brotherhood of mischief to the big stage, hilarious consequences ensue.

THE PICCADILLY RATS documents an ambitious journey that is met with nothing but a procession of epic failures. Through some divine intervention, the band gets an offer to perform at a big festival on the same bill as their idol, Noel Gallagher, proving that even a bunch of old-timers can have their moment in the limelight. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a story of the last of a dying breed of Mancunians.

Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.